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ALEXANDRIA, Va. --The NATSO Foundation will help the truck stop and travel plaza industry support the U.S. Department of Justice's AMBER Alert program by working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) as a secondary AMBER Alert distributor. NATSO announced its participation on Jan. 13 to commemorate National AMBER Alert Awareness Day.
"The truck stop and travel plaza industry is proud to enlist its support in the work to safely recover abducted children," said NATSO Foundation President and CEO Lisa Mullings. "There is no cause more important than the safety of a child."
NCMEC President and CEO Ernie Allen added, "We are proud to work with the NATSO Foundation to extend the reach of the AMBER Alert program. By utilizing the truck stop and travel plaza industry, we will be able to mobilize more people in the search for abducted children and hopefully bring more children home safely."
The foundation will electronically distribute geographically targeted AMBER Alerts to approximately 1,150 truck stop and travel plaza member locations across the United States. These locations will share alerts in the areas of child abductions through electronic displays, posters and signage after being notified by NCMEC. AMBER Alerts will also be featured on the NATSO Foundation website at www.natsofoundation.org
The NATSO Foundation serves as the non-profit research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO Inc., the national association representing truck stops and travel plazas.